A rapper who performed at a campaign event for Democratic Georgia Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff came under fire this week after several graphic tweets from the artist joking about rape surfaced.
BRS Kash performed at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, and urged participants at the drive-in rally to vote in the upcoming runoff election, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reported. Several other hip-hop artists including the daughter of rapper Lil Wayne were present at the event, according to the AJC.
BRS Kash, whose recent song “Throat Baby” boasts over 20 million views on YouTube, was found to have written at least four graphic tweets that reference forcing sex on women.
“If she say stop and u still hit it from da back is it an accident or rape lol,” BRS Kash wrote in a January 2012 tweet.
“Keep Talkin Dat Shit An Ima Fuck Yo Throat!,” the rapper wrote in November of 2020.
“A screenshot?” You’re pure, unadulterated trash. pic.twitter.com/fAEWYSHxPj
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) December 29, 2020
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National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Nathan Brand lambasted Georgia Democrats for including BRS Kash in a performance.
“This is who Georgia Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff had headline their event today,” he wrote in a Tuesday tweet. “Will they denounce this disgusting individual?”
This is who Georgia Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff had headline their event today.
Will they denounce this disgusting individual? Will @TIAreports update her story to reflect how vile this is? Does the @ajc feel they should be elevating repulsive individuals like this? https://t.co/gcIBBZeRU3 pic.twitter.com/RU7f8C78y3
— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) December 29, 2020
Tia Mitchell, a reporter for Georgia’s largest newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reported on the campaign event and provided an update to her reporting after Republicans brought the rapper’s tweets to her attention. “Update: Shortly after the AJC reported on the concert, Republicans took to Twitter to criticize BRS Kash’s inclusion on the program,” Mitchell wrote. “Their main criticism was a screenshot that appeared to be from a 2012 tweet referencing rape.”
While Mitchell acknowledged BRS Kash’s comment about rape, she did not acknowledge his comment about a white girl in his trunk, despite recently vocalizing her concerns with racism.
Mitchell wrote December 10, “One thing about me, I’m going to shift the conversation to race/racism. LOL. Especially if the conversation is about political journalism”:
One thing about me, I'm going to shift the conversation to race/racism. LOL. Especially if the conversation is about political journalism. Applause to those who are cool with letting me be me.
— Tia "Very Calm Sis" Mitchell (@TIAreports) December 10, 2020
Warnock faces Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in one Senate race, while Ossoff is running for the other seat against Republican Sen. David Perdue in the Jan. 5 runoff. The outcome of the highly contentious race will determine which party has control of the Senate when so-called President-elect Joe Biden takes office.